For most individuals, having a healthy-looking and full head of hair symbolizes allure, youth and attractiveness both professionally and personally. Because of this, it's essential to know the types of effects a hair transplant procedure can have on your day-to-day life and interactions, as well as your finances.
For many people, a hair transplant in Houston can help restore a fuller head of hair. One primary goal of hair restoration is it shouldn't be noticeable except to those you tell. If you're struggling with hair loss, whether your hair loss seems to be occurring all over head or if it's just thinning on top and you want to address it so you can feel confident again in how you look, a hair restoration could be your answer.
With the skills of an experienced and gifted hair transplant doctor in Houston coupled with advanced technology, your hair transplant could be less invasive than you may think and worth the hair transplant cost in Houston.
Hair Transplant (Restoration) Cost, Prices, Fees in Houston, Texas
There are a lot of factors that influence a hair transplant cost. The cost can range between $4,000 to $15,000, depending on what is being performed and the amount needed. The largest factor is how many grafts you require.
What Is a Hair Transplant Procedure?
A hair restoration (transplant) procedure is a form of surgery performed to restore hair in different scalp areas that are bald or have thinning hair. There are a number of hair replacement procedure types. Often they involve hair transplantation, but other ones might include:
Scalp tissue expansion
Scalp reduction surgery
Each might be used in combination or by itself, providing you with a decent hair replacement outcome.
How a Hair Transplant Works
Follicular Unit Extraction is the most common type of hair transplant. It takes groups of one to four hairs (units) and transplants them in the intended area. Using minimally invasive precision tools, the doctor removes the grafts which results in minimal damage to the scalp and a natural looking transplantation.
During the extraction, with the help of a microscope, the hair transplant specialist can preserve the follicular units in great condition and leave transplants that closely look like the growth and appearance of natural hairs. FUE requires no stitches and the procedure doesn't leave any noticeable marks or scars.
Benefits of FUE
No stitches or scarring
The appearance of the scalp returns to normal in about a week
Performed on an outpatient basis
Short recovery period
To insert the extracted units, the hair specialist has to make small incisions in the areas affected the most by hair loss. They then strategically place the grafts to give you the most natural-looking results.
Within a few days, the incisions heal and any marks the procedure leaves behind fade after around a week.
What Determines the Cost of Hair Transplants?
Besides the number of graphs you need, needing more than a single procedure to achieve your desired results can lead to additional costs. Other factors influencing the cost include:
The texture of your hair
The color of your hair
The overall condition of your hair
The amount of donor hair available
Generally, the minimum number of grafts need is 600, which the hair transplant surgeon uses in minimal hair loss cases.
However, 2,000 grafts are the minimum accepted for good results for more extensive hair loss and most hair transplant surgeons provide a 3,500 graft maximum in one sitting (some may provide up to 5,000 grafts).
You should consult with the hair transplant specialist to help determine the extent of the work required. The amount you pay for the procedure will be ultimately up to you and your particular needs.
Because they're a long-lasting solution for loss of hair, hair transplants can be a little more expensive than other types of hair restoration procedures. And, while there are one-off treatments like corticosteroid injections, lotions and finasteride tablets that give you a more short-term and cheaper solution, their repeated costs and unsustainable results make hair transplant the better option.
Different Types of Hair Restoration and Their Costs
Types and hair restoration cost in Houston include:
1. Neograft Cost in Houston
One of the most highly effective and best hair restoration systems is NeoGraft®. This is a newer automated hair restoration system, involving follicle harvesting in FUE hair transplant. It dramatically improves the accuracy and speed over previously used manual extraction tools.
Some indications for the new NeoGraft system are:
If you'd like to wear your hair really short and having a thin linear scar is not acceptable.
If you require small sessions or have limited hair loss. Some examples for this could be limited cosmetic spots like the small vertex balding areas, widow's peak, Norwood class 3 pattern androgenetic alopecia, mustaches, eyebrows, eyelashes and limited alopecia areas that are secondary to dermatologic problems.
If you requested an FUE procedure specifically and the hair transplant specialist can harvest enough grafts for your particular needs.
If you require treatment of wide scars because of a traditional strip excision.
If your skin is too tight for a strip excision.
If you have scarring from dermatologic disorders, trauma or neurosurgical procedures.
If you tend to heal with wide or thickened linear scars.
If you have past strip surgery scars making more strips impossible. If this is the case, FUE would be needed for more extractions.
If you're an athlete and have to quickly get back to full activity after your procedure.
If your body or beard serves as the donor area.
If you have a high fear of pain or scars.
FUE is the only procedure useful for body hair transplantation.
For FUE or Neograft hair grafts, it's charged by each graft with $4.00 to $6.00 per graft, depending on the number of grafts you require.
2. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Hair Loss Cost in Houston
Hair thinning or hair loss patients in Houston can undergo a hair restoration procedure known as Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP. The PRP therapy uses your own blood platelet growth factors to trigger hair growth in areas with baldness or thinness.
PRP therapy is a cosmetic, non-surgical treatment involving platelet-rich plasma injections the hair surgeon administers into the surrounding scalp area. Platelets contain a number of growth factors, for stimulating collagen and tissue regeneration, helping with hair restoration and improved blood circulation.
Anyone can benefit from PRP therapy for hair loss who has:
Male pattern baldness
Thinning or fine hair
A receding hairline
For PRP hair loss therapy, it's $1,500 for three treatments and then for maintenance, it's $600 per treatment.
3. Receding Hairline Cost
Both men and women can struggle with a receding hairline, but it's more common in men. It's caused by various factors and one of the initial signs of male pattern baldness.
Hair loss often occurs with age. You have many hair follicles on your scalp's surface and each grow their own hair. As they fall out, a new one replaces them. However, if your hair follicles become damaged for any reason, it could result in loss of hair and a receding hairline.
Although a receding hairline can be distressing for you to look at, it doesn't pose a health risk. Most individuals can manage their hairline and there are different treatments available, like a hair transplant, to help your hair regrow or look fuller.
A receding hairline procedure typically requires 1,500 to 1,800 grafts, charged at $5.00 per graft.
4. Cost for Male Pattern Baldness
Around 30 million women and 50 million men struggle with female or male pattern baldness or having thinning hair. While there are a variety of treatment options available, many individuals shy-away from the standard "strip method" because they might not be ideal candidates for it or because of the slow recovery period after. Others might not prefer the:
Loss of sensation the incision site produces
The level of post-operative discomfort involved
The small linear scar appearing on the back of their head
Contact Dr. Bradford S. Patt for Your Hair Transplant (Restoration) Consultation in Houston, Texas
Dr. Patt has been recognized in the distinguished and leading physician listings of “Super Doctors®” and “Top Docs®” of Houston for 13 consecutive years. He is appreciated by patients and respected by peer doctors. He is dedicated to providing individualized attention and confidential services for each and every patient. For more information about hair restoration, schedule your consultation now.